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New World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier back for more

Fri 04 October 2013

New World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier back for more

New World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier back for more
  • Newly-crowned World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier will compete at the 2013 Race Of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ogier sealed his first ever WRC title at last weekend's Rallye de France with the seventh victory of his stunning year in the VW Polo
  • The Frenchman joins Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the field for ROC 2013 on December 14-15

    One day people may look back on the current era of motor sport and ask just what it was about the international variations of the name 'Sebastian' that made everyone so unbelievably quick. We're heading towards four years of Formula 1 domination by Sebastian Vettel, while the World Rally Championship has just reached a landmark of 10 consecutive years of victories by Frenchmen called Sébastien.

    The first nine went to three-time ROC Champion of Champions Sébastien Loeb - but the tenth was sealed at the weekend by an all-new Super Seb: Sébastien Ogier. Indeed the same historians of the future may read something symbolic about the fact that Ogier reached the summit with a glorious victory at the pair's home Rallye de France while Loeb rolled out of his last ever rally in spectacular style.

    Ogier actually sealed the single point he needed in the very first action of the weekend. And, though he claims not to have celebrated too hard on Thursday evening, it's impressive that he kept his car on the road at all after that. He ended up with a fine win to cap off a glorious year for the Volkswagen driver, who has dominated the World Rally Championship with no fewer than seven wins.

    Now Ogier has revealed that his next challenge will come at Bangkok in December where he will bid to regain the ‘Champion of Champions’ title he won on his ROC debut in 2011, defeating Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the Grand Final. Ogier also reached the ROC Nations Cup final for Team France last year in partnership with F1 star Romain Grosjean, only to be defeated by Team Germany’s all-conquering duo of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. More silverware now beckons…

    Ogier said: “This has been a fantastic year for me and I can think of no better way to round it off than the Race Of Champions. It was amazing to win it on my first visit and of course it is a pleasure to be going back again. It will be especially nice to head to Bangkok with the title of World Rally Champion in the bag at last. Now I can feel like a ‘full’ member of the exclusive group who make up the ROC field! All the champions have proved themselves to be fast in their own categories so as always it will be fun to see who comes out on top. It’s time for someone to give Team Germany a run for their money in the ROC Nations Cup too. So roll on December…”


    ROC 2013 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 14 December, ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday 15 December.

    Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson said: “Congratulations to Sébastien on his brilliant year in the World Rally Championship. He really dominated the series, which comes as no surprise to any of us at ROC because we saw his exceptional ability on his first visit in 2011 when no one had any answer for his pace. Now he will again face greats from F1, Le Mans, IndyCar, touring cars and elsewhere as ROC continues to offer a unique chance to see how the world’s big motor sport series match up. We hope to see plenty of rally fans cheering on their new world champion in Bangkok.”

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